Shelter in Place

Definition: a directive to seek immediate shelter indoors following the announcement of a campus crisis condition. When an Orange Alert is issued to Shelter in Place, seek immediate shelter within the building you are in or the closest building to you and remain there during an emergency, rather than evacuate the area.

Select a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and take refuge there. Remain in place until the danger has passed or conditions warrant an immediate evacuation. The University will use the Orange Alert system to make an “all clear” announcement.

Shelter in Place may be issued for various crisis situations. The Orange Alert will specify the current emergency and provide any necessary information.

Go to www.syr.edu  for further instructions.

 

If you are on or near campus during an Orange Alert with a Shelter in Place warning:

Off Campus Housing

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • Close the blinds or drapes and stay away from the windows.
  • Do not come to campus.
  • Remain in-place until you receive an “all clear” announcement on the Orange Alert System.

Residence Hall

  • Remain in your residence hall room with the door locked.
  • Follow the instructions of your RA.
  • Remain in-place until you receive an “all clear” or “resume normal activity” announcement on the Orange Alert System.

Classroom

  • Remain in the room.
  • Lock or barricade the door (if the Orange Alert indicates that the crisis is close to your building).
  • Close all blinds and stay away from windows.
  • Follow the instructions of your classroom instructor.
  • Remain in-place until you receive an “all clear” or “resume normal activity” announcement on the Orange Alert System.

Outdoors

  • Immediately move away from the threat.
  • Be prepared to display your SUID as you attempt to enter a building for shelter.
  • Seek shelter in the closest building.
  • If you are unable to locate an unlocked building, notify DPS at 443-2224 or 711.
  • Find a secure space away from windows and doors if possible.
  • Remain in-place until you receive an “all clear” or “resume normal activity” announcement on the Orange Alert System
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